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submarine sandwich
▪ Her earrings and he had to look twice to confirm this-were tiny nuclear submarines, dangling nose up.
▪ It would not be able to spot nuclear submarines, such as Polaris, for example.
▪ A visitor to the control room of this nuclear missile submarine might pass it by without a second thought.
▪ Why does the navy need 80 nuclear attack submarines?
▪ If you stopped the flights, Soviet submarines would go undetected.
▪ This country is building three Trident submarines and there is increasing pressure to build a fourth.
▪ The Navy has 16 Trident submarines in service.
▪ He served aboard the Trident ballistic missile submarines Alabama and Florida.
▪ A Conservative government would press ahead with plans for a fourth Trident submarine and a helicopter carrier.
▪ Now Mr Major is expected to announce that the Trident submarines will carry far fewer than the expected 512 warheads.
▪ By ordering the fourth Trident submarine, the Conservatives show they are the only party to be trusted with defending Britain.
▪ This name has lately been given to a Trident submarine.
▪ Why does the navy need 80 nuclear attack submarines?
▪ He was executive officer aboard the Honolulu, a nuclear attack submarine.
▪ The Navy also wants 12 new attack submarines with a price tag of $ 17. 6 billion.
▪ Over several years there has been an unannounced shift in the Navy's deployment of attack submarines.
▪ Occasionally, a long, dark pike-shaped shadow passed through the clouded water like a small enemy submarine.
▪ Our ships sped to the southeast, making better than 20 knots to escape possible pursuit by enemy submarines.
▪ The planes were on their way to neutralize any enemy submarines which might be lying in wait for us outside Bungo Strait.
▪ Yet it had to be done, for we were entering waters patrolled by enemy submarines.
▪ Beyond the strait it was expected that we might encounter enemy submarines.
▪ When she was two hundred and fifty miles off the coast of Ireland the Athenia was attacked and sunk by a submarine.
Trident missile/submarine
▪ A Conservative government would press ahead with plans for a fourth Trident submarine and a helicopter carrier.
▪ Each tube can hold a Trident missile with up to eight nuclear warheads that can be flung 4, 000 nautical miles.
▪ The Trident missile was launched from a submarine at 7: 16 p. m. off the coast of Florida.
▪ The Navy has 16 Trident submarines in service.
▪ This country is building three Trident submarines and there is increasing pressure to build a fourth.
▪ a nuclear submarine
▪ A ship could nevertheless be navigated accurately, especially when up-to-date hydrographic data was available from offshore surveys by submarines.
▪ Around 100 submarines withdrawn from service are moored at sea because there are no facilities for treating their radioactive components.
▪ He was executive officer aboard the Honolulu, a nuclear attack submarine.
▪ If you stopped the flights, Soviet submarines would go undetected.
▪ The bows sliced across the forward hull tearing a great gash, but the submarine bounced rather than being ripped instantly in two.
▪ The McKee, with its crew of 1, 515 officers and sailors, is a full-service repair ship for submarines.
submarine mountain ranges
▪ The thermal input from hydrothermal springs along submarine spreading centers may drive major patterns of deepwater circulation.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

submarine sandwich \sub`ma*rine" sand"wich\, n. A large sandwich on an elongated roll, usually incompletely cut into two halves, filed with various cold cuts, meatballs, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olives, etc., and spiced variously, and often having oil or other dressing applied; called also hoagie, hero, hero sandwich, grinder, sub, submarine, poor boy, and Italian sandwich. A single such sandwich may consitute a substantial meal. Very large variants are sometimes prepared for social gatherings and cut into pieces for individual consumption.


hoagie \hoagie\, hoagy \hoagy\n. a large sandwich on a long crusty roll that is split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the U. S., such as hero, grinder, and submarine.

Syn: bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zep.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from sub- + marine (adj.).


"submarine boat," 1899, from submarine (adj.). Earlier "a creature living under the sea" (1703). The short form sub is first recorded 1917. As a type of sandwich from 1955, so called from the shape of the roll. Related: Submariner.

  1. 1 undersea. 2 Hidden or undisclosed. n. 1 A boat that can go underwater. 2 A kind of sandwich made in a long loaf of bread. 3 (context baseball English) pitch delivered with an underhand motion. 4 Any submarine plant or animal. 5 (context informal English) A stowaway on a seagoing vessel. v

  2. 1 To operate or serve on a #Noun 2 To torpedo; to destroy with a sudden sneak attack

  1. v. move forward or under in a sliding motion; "The child was injured when he submarined under the safety belt of the car"

  2. throw with an underhand motion

  3. bring down with a blow to the legs

  4. control a submarine

  5. attack by submarine; "The Germans submarined the Allies"


adj. beneath the surface of the sea [syn: undersea]

  1. n. a submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes [syn: pigboat, sub, U-boat]

  2. a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States [syn: bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zep]


A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability. The term most commonly refers to a large, crewed, autonomous vessel. It is also sometimes used historically or colloquially to refer to remotely operated vehicles and robots, as well as medium-sized or smaller vessels, such as the midget submarine and the wet sub. Used as an adjective in phrases such as submarine cable, submarine means "under the sea". The noun submarine evolved as a shortened form of submarine boat (and is often further shortened to sub). For reasons of naval tradition, submarines are usually referred to as " boats" rather than as " ships", regardless of their size.

Although experimental submarines had been built before, submarine design took off during the 19th century, and they were adopted by several navies. Submarines were first widely used during World War I (1914–1918), and now figure in many navies large and small. Military usage includes attacking enemy surface ships (merchant and military), submarines, aircraft carrier protection, blockade running, ballistic missile submarines as part of a nuclear strike force, reconnaissance, conventional land attack (for example using a cruise missile), and covert insertion of special forces. Civilian uses for submarines include marine science, salvage, exploration and facility inspection and maintenance. Submarines can also be modified to perform more specialized functions such as search-and-rescue missions or undersea cable repair. Submarines are also used in tourism, and for undersea archaeology.

Most large submarines consist of a cylindrical body with hemispherical (or conical) ends and a vertical structure, usually located amidships, which houses communications and sensing devices as well as periscopes. In modern submarines, this structure is the " sail" in American usage, and "fin" in European usage. A " conning tower" was a feature of earlier designs: a separate pressure hull above the main body of the boat that allowed the use of shorter periscopes. There is a propeller (or pump jet) at the rear, and various hydrodynamic control fins. Smaller, deep-diving and specialty submarines may deviate significantly from this traditional layout. Submarines change the amount of water and air in their ballast tanks to decrease buoyancy for submerging or increase it for surfacing.

Submarines have one of the widest ranges of types and capabilities of any vessel. They range from small autonomous examples and one- or two-person vessels that operate for a few hours, to vessels that can remain submerged for six months—such as the Russian , the biggest submarines ever built. Submarines can work at greater depths than are survivable or practical for human divers. Modern deep-diving submarines derive from the bathyscaphe, which in turn evolved from the diving bell.

Submarine (disambiguation)

A submarine is a specialized watercraft that can operate underwater.

Submarine may also refer to:

  • Underwater, when this means "under the sea"
Submarine (album)

Submarine is the debut album by the Irish rock group Whipping Boy, released in July 1992 on the Liquid Records label.The album used shades of early Sonic Youth and Post Punk Rock along with Ian McCulloch vocal styles in places. Blending music stylings of My Bloody Valentine and The Loop with same kind of drone rock as Spacemen 3.

Submarine (band)

The early-mid-1990s English band Submarine followed in the footsteps of many of its contemporaries, including The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Boo Radleys and My Bloody Valentine with its own vision of noise pop, before morphing into Jetboy DC, which continues sporadically to this day.

Submarine (2010 film)

Submarine is a 2010 coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. The film was written and directed by Richard Ayoade, and starred Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, and Sally Hawkins. Submarine is Ayoade's directorial debut.

Submarine (1928 film)

Submarine is a 1928 silent drama film directed by Frank Capra. It was produced by Harry Cohn for Columbia Pictures, and released with a synchronized music score and sound effects. This was Capra's first attempt to make an "A-picture".

Submarine (baseball)

In baseball, a submarine pitch is one in which the ball is released underhand, and often just above the ground, with the torso bent at a right angle and shoulders tilted so severely that they rotate around a nearly horizontal axis. (This is in stark contrast to an underhand pitch in softball in which the torso remains upright, the shoulders are level, and the hips do not rotate.)

The "upside down" release of the submariner causes balls to move differently from pitches generated by other arm slots. Gravity plays a significant role, for the submariner’s ball must be thrown considerably above the strike zone, after which it drops rapidly back through. The sinking motion of the submariner’s fastball is enhanced by forward rotation, in contradistinction to the overhand pitcher’s hopping backspin.

Submarine pitches are often the toughest for same-side batters to hit (i.e., a right-handed submarine pitcher is the more difficult for a right-handed batter to hit, and likewise for left-handed pitchers and batters). This is because the submariner’s spin is not perfectly level; the ball rotates forward and toward the pitching arm side, jamming same-sided hitters at the last moment, even as the ball drops rapidly through the zone.

The rarity of submarine pitchers is almost certainly attributable to its unusual technique. It is not typically a natural style of throwing—it is often a learned style—and because the vast majority of pitchers use an overarm motion, most young pitchers are encouraged to throw overhand.

Though the bending motion required to pitch effectively as a submariner means that submariners may be more at risk of developing back problems, it is commonly thought that the submarine motion is less injurious to the elbow and shoulder.

Past major league submariners include Carl Mays (whose unorthodox delivery possibly contributed to the fatal beaning of Ray Chapman), Ted Abernathy, Elden Auker, Chad Bradford, Mark Eichhorn, Gene Garber, Kent Tekulve and Dan Quisenberry. Steve Olin was also a submarine pitcher.

Shunsuke Watanabe of the Lancaster Barnstormers is known as "Mr. Submarine" in Japan. Watanabe has an even lower release point than the typical submarine pitcher, dropping his pivot knee so low that it scrapes the ground. He now wears a pad under his uniform to avoid injuring his knee. His release is so low that his knuckles often become raw from their periodic drag on the ground.

Submarine (book)

Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship (1993, ISBN 0-425-13873-9) is a non-fiction book written by Tom Clancy and defense systems analyst John D. Gresham. It explores the inner workings of two submarines, the USS Miami and HMS Triumph.

Some editions of the book have a photo section in the middle; some have a special chapter on Seawolf class submarine and Virginia class submarines. The chapter 'Other people's submarines' has the history and other information about the submarines of other countries. The foreword in the Penguin edition was written by Vice Admiral Roger Bacon. An edition of this book also includes diagrams of various submarines.

Submarine (EP)

Submarine is the debut EP by Alex Turner. It was released on 18 March 2011 in the United Kingdom. The EP consists of six original songs by Alex Turner from the film Submarine and is released by Domino. Submarine, the debut film from Richard Ayoade, was based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne.

Submarine (novel)

Submarine is a Bildungsroman, first published in 2008 by Hamish Hamilton and written by Joe Dunthorne, Submarine tells the story of fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate, a tale of mock GCSEs, sex and death.

Dunthorne wrote most of the book while studying creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Originally a short story, he posted the first chapter of the book on Its popularity on the site drove Dunthorne to write Submarine a full novel.

In 2010 Submarine was adapted for film by Richard Ayoade.

Category:English novels Category:Hamish Hamilton books Category:2008 British novels Category:British bildungsromans

Usage examples of "submarine".

Then suddenly they were gone, all stopped together, and the water resumed its flat oily calm, only the smell of sulphur hanging on the air to remind us that we were aground on a submarine volcano that was fissured with gas-vents like a colander.

The flooding worsened the list until the ship began leaning hard aport into the hull of the black submarine alongside.

He had charge of all the USW assets in the area, ranging from P-3s deployed from shore stations in support of the battle group, to the S-3 submarine-hunter killers that flew off our own flight deck, to the host of other national assets, including our own submarines.

The first black shape was the sail of a submarine, vertical and unadorned, with a slight angling fillet bringing it to the deck of the cylindrical shape, the sail identical to that of his old Seawolf, but the hull now appearing beneath the sail too small in diameter to belong to a Seawolf-class.

Navy came up with the term, an acronym for Submarine Naval Automated Robotic Combat system.

Edwards had designed the special instrumentation for the Barracuda and the Bluefin that monitored the thermal variations in the water surrounding the submarine, giving the skipper a constant readout of temperature differentials.

It was Gibbs who had masterminded the sale of the Shark, a World War II, Gato- class submarine, to the Chilean government, and arranged its modifications to look like the Barracuda, before sinking it in fifteen hundred fathoms of water.

Every officer aboard the Barracuda was requested either by Captain Crawton or by some other senior officer aboard the submarine.

I examined them and positively identified the blister markings of a submarine exactly like the Barracuda and the Bluefin, and placed them in my office safe .

End and final entry of Captain Crawton, Commander of the submarine Barracuda .

Two Borzoi submarines were completed in late 1991 using purloined stealth technology.

Of the extortionists--they were no better than extortionists, although they had been attempting to work on an international plane--had been caught, those who had not drowned when the submarine sank.

In class Major Staley lectured on the firststrike survival capability of our nuclear arsenal, ranging from the landbased Minuteman and Titan missile silos to the nuclearpowered Polaris submarine missilelaunching fleet to the more than five hundred combatready bombers of the Strategic Air Command.

Catherine gazed up at the cathedral-like vaults of the overpass, like a succession of empty submarine pens.

But where in a submarine you are only surrounded by the elements, during phasing, you become part of the elements.